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Rafting in Pakistan & ‘Kadoma’ Film Screening
Thursday 14th November 2019, London

For this London Adventure Talk, we have a very special screening of the film ‘Kadoma’ - Winner of Best Adventure and Exploration Film at Banff in 2011. "Kadoma" was a nickname for Hendri Coetzee, a legendary South African kayaker who had explored some of Africa’s wildest rivers. In December of 2010, on a trip into the Democratic Republic of Congo, tragedy struck and he was never seen again. The horrific story is recounted in a tense documentary. Coetzee’s friends will host the screening, with a Q&A afterwards.

Jon Rider and Edmund Le Brun will also share stories from travelling the Hunza River in Pakistan by raft and foot to discover the impact of China’s investment in the Karakoram Highway.

WHEN & WHERE?

Prince of Wales, 150-151 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5TD

Thursday 14th November - 6.30pm: Doors open, 7.00pm: Talk starts

TICKETS: Available in advance only - £6.60 or £4.40 for Explorers Connect members


KADOMA

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We are so pleased to be able to give a very special screening of the film Kadoma - Winner of Best Adventure and Exploration Film at Banff in 2011, and presented in London on 14th November 2019 by Coetzee’s friends who will also host a Q&A afterwards.

"Kadoma" was a nickname for Hendri Coetzee, a legendary South African kayaker who had explored some of Africa’s wildest rivers. In December of 2010, American pro kayakers Chris Korbulic and Ben Stookesbury followed Coetzee into the Democratic Republic of Congo for a first descent of the dangerous Lukuga River. Seven weeks into the expedition, tragedy struck. Coetzee was paddling tip to tail in between the other two men when a fifteen-foot crocodile surfaced silently and swiftly pulled him underwater. He was never seen again.

As well as showing the film Hendri Coetzee’s friends will talk about self-publishing "Living The Best Day Ever" - Hendri’s dream book that was published by a talented team of friends and family who polished the final text that was left behind in the kayak he was paddling during the incident. They added photos that date back to his childhood and included maps hand-inked to illustrate his journeys. The memoir is full of humour, harrowing tales of African adventures, and whitewater poetry.


JON RIDER & EDMUND LE BRUN

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Jonathan Rider and Edmund Le Brun travel down the Hunza River by raft and foot to discover how China’s recent investment in the Karakoram Highway is transforming this corner of Northern Pakistan. Moving slowly through the landscape, far from the beaten path, Jonathan and Edmund discover how China’s investment in the Karakoram Highway is provoking internal political unrest in Pakistan, and initiating dramatic economic, cultural and environmental change. They experience disaster and triumph as they raft through some of the most spectacular and fragile environments on earth, and bring back insights on regions rarely visited, and seldom understood.

The talk will provide a lively account of their journey, combining stories from the people they met, with the excitement and adrenaline of pioneering new rivers.

Jonathan and Edmund were the first people to raft the length of the Oxus River in Afghanistan. Jonathan currently runs a consulting firm, Aleph Strategies, specialising in overseas development and humanitarian aid. A Fellow of the RGS, Jonathan trained as an archaeologist before working in public affairs in Westminster. Later, in Afghanistan, he worked for the Aga Khan Foundation, before managing conservation activities for UNESCO at the Bamiyan World Heritage Site. Edmund is an Oxford graduate and a Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur. He set up his business, ISHKAR, after living in Afghanistan for three years, and today works on projects in war-torn countries around the world. Alongside adventure talks, Edmund also regularly speaks about social entrepreneurship, and doing business in frontier markets.


WHEN & WHERE?

Prince of Wales, 150-151 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5TD

Thursday 14th November - 6.30pm: Doors open, 7.00pm: Talk starts

TICKETS: Available in advance only - £6.60 or £4.40 for Explorers Connect members


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